Royal baby fever is set to hit this spring with Meghan Markle's due date on the horizon. While it hasn't been confirmed where Prince Harry and Megan Markle will have their baby, the Duke and Duchess are likely to go private. They could decide to follow (recent) royal tradition by having the baby in the Lindo Wing, where a night's stay is estimated to cost around £6,000 ($8,000) for a higher end birthing suite.
But the Lindo Wing is comparatively modest when compared to other places where the most moneyed people in the world go when it's time to push.
From Michelin-starred meals to destination births, here's how the 0.1% give birth around the world.
Their hospitals stock Dom Perignon and serve patients lobsters and oysters
One of the most expensive hospitals in the world - let alone in the UK - to give birth in is London's private maternity hospital The Portland. Favoured by the likes of the Duchess of York, Victoria Beckham and Middle Eastern royals, the hospital goes above and beyond to cater to their guests - quite literally.
In a 2016 BBC documentary about the hospital, it was revealed that patients of The Portland could expect to be served lobsters and oysters - as well as crack open a bottle of champagne from their collection once their newborn arrived. The Portland’s hotel services manager Paul Tuley said, “We have a fantastic champagne selection too. Not every hospital stocks Dom Perignon.”
Naturally, a visit to The Portland doesn't come cheap, with the BBC estimating that a stay could come to £29,000 ($39,500) - a number which could easily climb for those looking to really splash out. In fact, chief executive Janene Madden (who also gave birth there) told The Daily Mail she had “seen someone spend over half a million [pounds]” - over $658,500.
They have a Michelin-starred eating plan
During pregnancy mothers are keen to ensure their growing baby gets all the nutrients it needs - as well as sustenance for themselves after labour. In the case of Clinique des Grangettes, a luxury private hospital based in Geneva, this includes going one step further. Chef Alain Jennings, who earned Hotel Metropole in Paris its Michelin star, is the mastermind behind its dishes which are made from “fresh products, which are of the highest quality” and give most restaurants a run for their money.
Jennings told us, “Everything is made in-house, absolutely everything! Even the dough for our pastries. We buy chickens from Bresse and fish from the lake. Today, for instance, I am preparing filet de perches, and they come from the lake. And we do manage to prepare a great number of menus."
He added, "I would even venture to say that our variety is even greater than in a restaurant. Every day, the patients have a choice between two different menus at lunch and supper. In one week that makes 28 different dishes. Even the vegetables are always different. That is a real challenge. Especially in winter.”
Nouvelles chambres à la maternité de la Clinique des Grangettes pic.twitter.com/p9LXWdmS3W— Clinique Grangettes (@GrangettesHosp)March 10, 2016
Giving birth at Clinique des Grangettes isn’t for those on a budget, as it can cost as much as $2,140 a night. The maternity wards, which were renovated in 2016, look more like hotel rooms with double beds and a terrace to sit out on. They also offer massages, mani-pedis and facials which can be booked to your room.
They give birth in $5,100 a night deluxe hospital suites
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has long been a favourite of the Beverly Hills elite and while anybody can give birth there, not everybody can afford to stay in its deluxe hospital suite. The suite, which is more like a luxury home with two or three bedrooms and two bathrooms, is said to cost between $3,600 and $5,100 a night according to CNN Money.
According to CNN patients get a personal doula, three meals a day for two people, a hotel-style bathrobe and access to in-room pampering sessions, which come at an additional cost.
Stars that have been known to give birth there include Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Victoria Beckham and Kate Hudson (to name just a few.)
They have a destination birth
We’re sure you’ve heard of destination weddings, but how about a destination birth?
When Angelina gave birth to her twins in 2008, she travelled out to the French Riviera to do it. Angelina and Brad welcomed their twins Knox and Vivienne into the world at the Lenval Hospital in Nice, where an entire floor was reportedly sealed off for the couple.
The hospital also told The Telegraph that the windows in Angelina Jolie's hospital suite were (understandably) specially treated so that it was "totally impossible" for cameras to see into her room.
According to The Daily Mail, the Jolie-Pitt clan reportedly set up camp in the home of Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen; a mansion which features 12 bedrooms, two helipads and a view of the Mediterranean.
They arrive at the hospital by helicopter
When Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt had their twins, they apparently chose not to risk the traffic and took to the skies instead. Reuters reported that Jolie arrived at the hospital by helicopter - and not just any helicopter . The Daily Mail claimed they had had hopped into a gold-painted helicopter owned by Paul Allen, whose home they were staying in, and allegedly had an army-trained pilot on 24-hour standby.
The outlet also claimed that Angelina travelled with two trained nurses, a midwife and her own gynaecologist.
They sell their baby’s first pictures for millions of dollars - for charity
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves all reportedly made upwards of $3 million for rights to their newborn’s pictures.
CNN reported that McConaughey and his wife model Camila Alves sold photos of their son Levi Alves for $3 million to OK! Magazine, with the proceeds benefiting their children-focused charity J.K. Livin’ Foundation. Jennifer Lopez doubled that figure when her photos of her twins Maximilian and Emme Muniz reportedly sold to People for $6 million.
However, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have reportedly made $23.6 million altogether selling first look photos of their children: Shiloh, Knox, Vivienne and Pax (who was adopted). The photos of their daughter Shiloh were reportedly sold to People for $4.1 million and Hello! for $3.5 million, Pax again to People for $2 million and then the most expensive reported baby pictures sold to date of their twins Knox and Vivienne which sold for $14 million to both Hello! And People.
The proceeds are said to have gone to various charities, including the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
They have a luxury $1 million post-baby getaway vehicle
Beyonce and Jay-Z's car collection includes the $1 million vintage Rolls Royce Jay-Z gifted Beyonce for her birthday and the $2 million Bugatti she gave him for his 41st birthday.
But on the day Blue Ivy was born the Carters chose to reportedly shell out $1 million on a custom Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Limousine to bring their first child home from the swish Lennox Hill Hospital.
The Daily Mail claimed that the Carters’ custom ride featured its own bathroom, which comes with a full on shower, sink and toilet, as well as a $150,000 sound system and WiFi.
Beyonce also reportedly requested cream and chestnut "hand stitched Italian leather seats". Depending on the configuration of the car, it can seat up to ten passengers - a necessity now that the Carters have added the twins Rumi and Sir to their clan.
They splash out on Prada baby bags
In preparation for the new arrival, many people invest in a heavy-duty baby bag to carry around all the essentials. And like all other baby related paraphernalia these days, designer options abound. Jessica Alba was spotted carrying a $649 Jamah The Nanny Bag and Kourtney Kardashian toting around a nylon Prada diaper bag.
Kourtney revealed to InStyle that her bag was actually a gift from Kim Kardashian. "The best diaper bag I have ever used so far is my Prada diaper bag that my sister Kim bought for me. It’s simple, has lots of amazing compartments and is made of the perfect fabric which can be easily wiped down. It’s all about having lots of different compartments when it comes to a diaper bag!"
Burberry Kingswood Vintage Check & Leather Diaper Tote
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Another pricey piece we found was a $1,690 black Gucci x Supreme bag, which features Gucci’s GG logo. Like the Burberry piece, it also comes with a changing mat as well as two bottle holders.
Gucci Kids GG Supreme Diaper Bag
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